Amy Feezor works in the Creative Studio at Real Simple
, she also blogs at M-Dashing
and that's how I found her and invited her to write for Lifework
. She's one of those people I wish I could clone and then use to staff my own magazine. Which would be a huge success because Amy's a tireless worker with an amazing eye for design. Oh, and she's funny (follow her on Twitter @amyheartsny and you'll see what I mean). Here she shares her list of tech that makes her heart sing.
1. Minolta X-700 camera
My Canon EOS Rebel T1I DSLR is my everyday workhorse, but this manual-focus SLR--originally my dad's--has my heart. It went with me to college, taught me how to shoot film, and trekked through several countries over the years. We're good friends, this camera and I.
2. Vitamix 5200
Even its name has an awesome, powerful ring. I love this magical blending machine--one of my biggest kitchen investments. I definitely feel like I've gotten my money's worth from it. I'm currently gearing up to let it make me some comforting cold-weather soups.
3. Macbook Pro Laptop (13")
Well, of course. AND it's so easy to transport.
4. Moshi Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
My brothers both recommended this one to me. This inexpensive little piece of love hooks my Macbook up to my TV and lets me easily watch whatever's on my computer screen on the big screen. This is often a lifesaver, especially since I still haven't sprung for a DVR. (Don't judge; I don't need more reasons to watch more TV.)
I don't care if I ultimately find it too hard to type on these suckers (not always great for a writer who spends much of her subway commute crafting copy, it still makes me feel cool to have it.
6. Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System
I'm secretly obsessed with eye cream, and I scored this anti-aging gadget at a white-elephant gift exchange at a holiday party. (Such luck!) I'll tell you if it works once I'm actually old enough to know if eye cream really helps.
7. iPad 2
I dig it for many reasons. I am also big on making sure my iPad isn't just a big version of my iPhone--am I the only one? I want totally different apps on the tablet vs. the phone. So far, I've decided that my iPad is dedicated to consuming media. And also Words with Friends.
8. Sharper Image Mini Ceramic Heater
My office is oftentimes akin to an icebox. I've even been known to bust out this tiny guy in the middle of the summer.
I know this isn't tech per se, but it at least touches the category. This "wire management tool" is created from salvaged wood scraps in Japan. Other than that, they're good for making sure my ear buds don't get unruly.
10. Apple World Adapter Kit
If I've got this out, it means something awesome is about to go down.
Technology/device I'm most looking forward to in 2012:
An iPad 3. What other coolness can Apple pack in?
Tech or tech organizational tip:
Sounds simple, but give everything a home. As we continue to add gadgets to our everyday arsenals, it's easy to lose something or leave it behind--which is not fun since we're clearly relying on those gadgets more and more. If you put an item back in its place (like a cute charging station) when you get home or when you finish using it, it's exactly where it needs to be when you're ready to use it again. For me, it's a smart way to save time.
I never leave home without:
My DSLR is often in my bag, but like any good girl on the go, I've always got my iPhone handy and ready to get down to business.